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The Vaccines are contagious
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? - The Vaccines
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What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? - The Vaccines
Advantages: catchy pop punk
Disadvantages: hardly origina
There are many questions lurking in song and album titles. "Do you Think I'm Sexy" (No, not particularly Rod) "Who Killed the Zutons" (I don't know ,but it was not me your honour) What's the Frequency Kenneth (I'm not sure try twiddling the knob), "Do you Remember the First time (yes clear as a bell ) and now "What did You Expect From the Vaccines". This review answers the final question"
The Vaccines are a four piece London based indie band and are one of the hottest tips for 2011. Their debt album "What Did you Expect from the Vaccines" was released in March. following two very good singles "Wrecking Bar and "Post Break Up Sex"
Not another guitar based indie band with their name starting in the definitive article I hear you say. Its true the airwaves are groaning under the weight of indie bands but there is room in my heart and CD collection for a few more. The Vaccines are characterized mainly by their short snappy, energetic retro sounding ditties that echo in parts the pop punk sound of the Ramoness. Its the sound of a young band enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm sparkles through.
"Good Things Come in Small Packages"
So many bands seem to over cook their songs with unnecessarily long songs. "The Vaccines can not be accused of this with nine of the album's eleven (12 if you count the hidden track) songs coming in well under 4 minutes. Their debut single and my introduction to the band "Wrecking Bar" encapsulates the band foe me. Coming in at only one minute and twenty one seconds it is perhaps the shortest, rocket of a song since Blur's "Song 2" .The later had woo hoos whilst this one has ra ra ra! Its fast and furious with squally guitar, pounding drums and slightly shouty vocals . Its also the only song to rhyme "F Scott Fitzgerald" with the "Evening Herald". Following in the same vein is the other super short sub two minute number " Nørgaard" . This is my personal favourite on the album, as it is just classic upbeat toe tapping, thigh slapping bubblegum punk pop. Its perhaps the most Ramonesque song on the album and is so highly reminiscent of "Blitzkrieg Bop" that I want top sing "Hey Ho lets Go" to the chorus of "She's only 17 and doesn't want to go steady" It really is a joy to listen tot because of its sheer exuberance. If you Wanna" the second track on the album is not quite th same standard but still has the catchy chorus, pounding drums and a driving bass introduction
"Post Break Up Sex" their second single has been criticised by some, as having toe curling bad "sixth form poetry" style lyrics." Thais is true with such gems as "I can barely look at you, Don't tell me who you lost it to" and "don't we say we had a deal? Didn't I say how bad I feel?" but this is compensated by the gloriously catchy anthemic chorus and luscious melody. You will find yourself humming "Post Break Up Sex to forget your ex" and hoping you are not singing it aloud at the most inappropriate moments, I suppose I like it, as I empaphised with the sentiment of the song. Who has not slept with someone completely inappropriate on the rebound from a past relationship.
"We all got old at breakneck speed slow it down"
The Vaccines show a different side to their music on one of the other stand out songs "Wetsuit". This testament to the preciousness of youth is a lot slower and gentle than the previous tracks on the album giving you a breather from the breakneck speed guitars, bass and drums. Lead singer Justin Young used to a part of the nu folk movement mixing with Laura,Marling Frank Turner and Mummford and Sons under the moniker Jay Jay Pstolette and perhaps Wetsuit is a remainder from these days with its lovely chiming slightly folky burr to his vocals.backed with perhaps a bit of chiming organ.
Elsewhere songs such as "Lack of Understanding" remind me very much of Glasvegas without the incomprehensibly thick Glaswegian vocals, as they have the same anthemic, melodic but slightly melancholic vibe to them. There's even a nod to the Smashing Pumpkins in the introduction to''' "All In While" ''''before moving into more familiar Vaccines territory to make it a very pleasant, if slightly forgettable mid tempo number.
The album ends with "Family Friends" which on first glance seems uncharacteristically long at over eight minutes. However its only actually about four minute, as there is a hidden track at the end. Its got the same languid, gentle, wistful feel to it as "Wetsuit" with its references to long hot summers ending suddenly getting colder. It mutates right at the end to more of the angrier vaccines speeding up to a crescendo with crashing drums and squealing guitars. The album finally ends with the hidden track which is again a quiet acoustic , very pleasant song.
"What Did You Expect From the Vaccines" is the type of album if I was 15- 20 years younger a that would get me really excited about music.. In parts its young fresh and fast with just that hint of melancholy that shows a bit of maturity. Yes it might not be nothing new but its the sound of a band enjoying themselves and even though I'm well past my teenage years I still think its a highly listenable album.
I bought my copy from HMV for £5.99
Summary: the latest indie band